Representatives of the Naperville Interfaith Leadership Association make final plans for the upcoming 9/11 community event Sunday at North Central College’s Wentz Hall. (From left) Tabassum Haleen from the Islamic Center of Naperville; Bernie Newman from Congregation Beth Shalom; Lynn Pries, chaplain of North Central College; and Cheri Rosales of St. Thomas the Apostle Church of Naperville. | Submitted by Miriam Qunell
Nizar Jiwani, a member of NILA, is a volunteer with the group Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering. As an American and a Muslim, Jiwani said that, during the course of helping to plan the event, he’s learned that Naperville faith groups have a great deal of diversity to celebrate, but also have much in common as well.
“I’ve found that our beliefs are generally the same,” Jiwani said. “The interpretation and practice and language, might be different. But our ethics of taking care of our fellow human beings and of the earth, we all have in common.